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Letter to the Editor – Rightwinger caught out parroting his own garbage

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Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

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From the NZ Herald, ex-ACT leader Jamie Whyte had his usual Right wing nonsense about “no real poverty in New Zealand“;

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Jamie Whyte - Poverty statistics suffer from paucity of common sense

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… and the usual cliches, prejudices, and other garbage spouted by a man who has little inkling what poverty is like, and how it crushes the human spirit.

Then came this startling revelation;

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Jamie Whyte defends 'self-plagiarism' claim

 

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To which I replied with  this letter-to-the-editor;

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: NZ Herald <letters@herald.co.nz>
date: Fri, Jan 8, 2016
subject: Letter to the editor

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The editor
NZ Herald

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Regarding former ACT-leader, Jamie Whyte’s self-plagiarism (“Jamie Whyte: Poverty statistics suffer from paucity of common sense”, 7 January) – the fact he re-used a ten year old piece he’d written previously, and simply changed a few key identifiers, speaks volumes about his view on poverty.

It implies that he is not so much interested in looking at the facts and data, as simply re-stating his prejudices. His use of two boys (10-year-olds “Jimmy” and “Timmy”) who are inter-changeable between Britain and New Zealand, implies that his examples are made up fantasies, plucked from his imagination, and little else.

The real problem here is that after thirty years, the Right cannot admit that poverty exists in New Zealand. Nor that it has increased since the late 1980s.

To do so would be a tacit admission of failure, and that the whole “trickle down” notion is a fraud.

That is why the Right will argue, like AGW skeptics, that poverty exists.

Because to admit it, the next question must logically follow: what to do about it.

-Frank Macskasy

 

 

[address and phone number supplied]

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References

NZ Herald: Jamie Whyte – Poverty statistics suffer from paucity of common sense

NZ Herald: Jamie Whyte defends ‘self-plagiarism’ claim

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  1. Naturesong
    9 January 2016 at 9:12 am

    Typo in penultimate sentence. Should read:
    “That is why the Right will argue deny, like AGW skeptics, that poverty exists.”

  2. 9 January 2016 at 10:26 am

    Frank: the problem is with his analysis, not with his publishing it in two different places. Leaving aside for a moment the merits (or rather, lack of them) of his argument, if his beef is with the use of an arbitrary definition of poverty (below 50% of median AHC income), his argument against it will be the same for any country that uses it, and little more than the country names would need changing. Calling it “self-plagiarism” is just political point-scoring – the real issue is with the disingenuous propaganda of his argument.

    • 9 January 2016 at 10:42 am

      “… the real issue is with the disingenuous propaganda of his argument.”

      No argument there, Milt. It was indeed a point I was attempting to make when I wrote, “His use of two boys (10-year-olds “Jimmy” and “Timmy”) who are inter-changeable between Britain and New Zealand, implies that his examples are made up fantasies, plucked from his imagination, and little else”.

      Perhaps I should have emphasised that part. If he’s simply re-hashing a piece written for another country (with slightly differing circumstances as Whyte himself admits), instead of looking at New Zealand’s own situation and data, then he’s not so much concerned with facts as he is with “the disingenuous propaganda of his argument” (as you succinctly put it).

    • Naturesong
      9 January 2016 at 11:53 am

      There are two issues here.

      Even if the original work was sound, and arguments around methodology or bias not withstanding, the way it was published in the Herald (as a current optinion piece or commentary) is a significant professional foul.

  3. Takere
    10 January 2016 at 11:45 am

    Yep. Read that article and the first thing that came to my mind is? Isn’t this the prick that wanted to legalise “Incest” when he was standing for Act last time round and then got the boot? And also thought at the same time that there was something fishy with his diatribe when he says beneficiaries get free “Medical & Health Care …”. Anyway, I hope he throws his hat in the Auckland Mayoralty race! That’ll definitely not help the right or conservative voters feel comfortable and just might encourage Banksie too have another crack at the chains! Load up the Centre right with too many candidates, split that vote just for insurance purposes for Goff to win and then hopefully return the council to a sensible “Public Service Organisation” because the bunch of ex-corporate idiots in the job are shite! …Or am I being too optimistic??

    • 11 January 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Whyte has some very strange ideas indeed, Takere. I wonder if he’s not one foot in la-la land.

      Indeed, I noticed his unreal reference to “Medical & Health Care” and thought that’s got to be worthy of another letter to the editor. It’s like he doesn’t realise what is actually happening in his own country…

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